Sean Paul’s Dancehall Masterpiece ‘The Trinity’ Achieves Iconic Double Platinum Status

Dancehall superstar Sean Paul’s third studio masterpiece, “The Trinity,” has ascended to the coveted status of Double Platinum in the United States. This achievement, sanctioned by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), signifies a staggering 2 million units sold—a figure reached through a combination of traditional sales and the modern streaming mechanism, as of Thursday, March 28.

This landmark accomplishment further embellishes the legacy of the 18-track album, which had already garnered Platinum recognition a mere five months post its initial release in September 2005. This accolade positions “The Trinity” in a prestigious lineage, succeeding Paul’s prior album, “Dutty Rock,” which itself shines under a Triple Platinum certification in the U.S.

Rooted entirely in the musical soil of Jamaica, “The Trinity” stands as a testament to Sean Paul’s dedication to authenticity and collaboration, featuring local producing talents such as Steven “Lenky” Marsden, Donovan “Don Corleon” Bennett, Renaissance Crew, and Rohan “Jah Snowcone” Fuller. The album’s title carries a symbolic weight, reflecting not only its ordinal position in Sean Paul’s discography but also the three years of laborious crafting within the vibrant heartbeat of the Third World.

Preceded by the fiery single “We Be Burnin’,” which soared to the number two spot on the UK Singles Chart and claimed top five status on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, “The Trinity” showcased its commercial might right from the outset. Its debut was nothing short of historic, clinching the top spot on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart and marking a high entry at number 5 on the US Billboard 200—with over 107,000 units sold in its debut week, setting a record for the highest-ever reggae/Dancehall debut and single-week sales in the era of SoundScan.

Though it was in the running for Best Reggae Album at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards, the competition was fierce, and Damian Marley’s “Welcome to Jamrock” clinched the award that year. However, “The Trinity”’s influence was far from dimmed, achieving platinum certification in Europe by the RIAA in 2006 and boasting global sales of 4 million copies.

In a special nod to the UK fans, Atlantic Records unveiled an expanded two-CD edition of “The Trinity” in 2006, which included not only the original 18 tracks but also six additional songs. Among these were the collaborative single “Cry Baby Cry” featuring Carlos Santana and Joss Stone, and “Break It Off” in partnership with Rihanna, further cementing Sean Paul’s status as a global music icon.